S.I.M Rating: 7.9 out of 10 (4 Votes)
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon and Dania Ramirez
If fast action and thrilling chase scenes are your style, Premium Rush is a must-see. Directed and co-written by David Koepp (screenwriter of War of the Worlds, Spider-Man, Angels & Demons), the film, set in Manhattan's asphalt jungle, features a team of bike-messengers, one of whom becomes entangled in a web of international intrigue, cops on the make, and even time travel.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Wilee, an aspiring law student who abandons the world of courtrooms for the adrenaline rush of two-wheeled delivery. When he inadvertently takes on a valuable package intended for a human-smuggling operation, he finds himself the target of a crooked cop (Michael Shannon) who desperately needs the $50K marker in the delivery to pay off gambling debts. After the initial set-up, Premium Rush essentially does away with any "acting," instead focusing on the chase scenes through jam-packed city streets. Koepp makes it work however, and viewers will become familiar with the proverbial edges-of-their-seats.
Gordon-Levitt's portrayal of the idealistic Wilee suits him well, while Shannon takes advantage of every opportunity to be menacing and kept at arm's length, at the least. Dania Ramirez, Wole Parks, Jamie Chung and Aasif Mandvi fill out the cast.